At the Partners HealthCare Biobank, everyone has the ability to help shape the future of healthcare. The Biobank is a research initiative that brings patients, clinicians, and investigators together to make research discoveries that improve care for generations to come. Patients are asked to provide consent, a blood sample, and take a health survey. These […]
Did you know that in addition to June being Men’s Health Month in the United States, this week (June 12th-18th) is Men’s Health Week in the UK? The focus this year is on belly fat which tends to be more prevalent in men than women. Regardless of a person’s overall weight, belly fat—also called abdominal […]
The Human Genome Project provided a ‘parts-list’ of genes, about 18,000 in number. Now, researchers are studying what it means to be missing a part. In an analysis of the genomes of 10,000 research participants, Mass General’s Dr. Sekar Kathiresan and his research team found 1,300 genes which were broken in at least one participant. […]
When you put on weight, do the pounds show up at your waistline or on your hips? The answer could have long-term implications for your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and Type 2 diabetes. Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital researchers identified a link between body shape and risk of heart disease and diabetes.
High blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. We know that half the risk of developing high blood pressure is due to inherited factors, but until recently we only understood two percent of the genetic reasons for that risk. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are now a step closer to understanding the genetic underpinnings […]
Newly Identified Gene Variants that Modify the Onset of Huntington’s Disease Could Lead to New Therapeutics
Researchers from the Mass General Research Institute have used an innovative approach to pinpoint two locations on the human genome that influence the rate at which Huntington’s disease (HD), a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, develops in those carrying the HD gene defect. By studying the samples from more than 4,000 HD patients, researchers were able to identify two genetic variants in […]